Saturday, June 24, 2017

Forest

Managing for sustainable timber, wildlife, and traditional uses

The Quinaults are traditionally known as the Canoe People – the people of the cedar tree. The Quinault Reservation is one of the few places on earth where western red cedar is found in virtually pure stands. Cedars are the oldest and wisest members of the forest community.

The land of the Quinault is dominated by the forest. The wet, mild climate easily supports the classical dense coastal forests of cedar, western hemlock, Sitka spruce, Douglas-fir and alder and almost 1,000 species of other plants.

Logging has had a profound effect on the Reservation’s landscapes.  It has been the major activity on the Reservation for close to a century. Forestry – the care and perpetuation of the forest – is now practiced throughout the Reservation. With an understanding of the ecology and interconnectedness of forest life, QDNR foresters now use logging as a tool to maintain the health of the forest.

QDNR maintains active tree-thinning and replanting programs as part of managing the forest for a sustained yield of trees. More than 1,000 acres are reforested with more than half-a-million tree seedlings in a typical year. The QDNR forestry department has operated a Tree Improvement Program for more than 30 years to develop genetically improved hemlock and Douglas-fir that grow tall and fast and resist disease. Quinault’s own “super trees” are bred from home-grown seed and are well-suited for the Reservation’s unique environmental conditions.

Several areas of the Reservation are set aside to preserve old-growth forests, including the North Boundary area and the area of massive cedars known as “the Canoe Stand.” The Quinault Indian Reservation’s 10-year Forest Management Plan outlines the long-term management of the Nation’s great treasure – its forest.

“This is my land.

From the time of the first Moon till the time of the last Sun.

It was given to my People.

Wha-neh Wha-neh, the great giver of life, made me out of the Earth of this land.

He said, ‘You are the land, and the land is you.’

I take well care of this land, for I am part of it….”


--Excerpted from “This is My Land” by Clarence Pickernell, Taholah, WA